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Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

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  • XP Mode is a specific vm provided by Microsoft for use with WVPC.  Any other virtual machine is simply called a vm and you can create whatever vms you need as long as you have a Windows license for each vm just like you need a license for each physical Windows computer.  For VMWare just install XP using a license (product key) not in use on another computer.  How that applies to virtual desktops is beyond my expertise, however.  I should think that you would have better control with Terminal Server, but what do I know.

     


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by post Friday, October 14, 2011 10:20 PM
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 7:09 PM
  • Hi post,

    I agree with Colin.

    The Windows Virtual PC is an enhanced technology compared with Virtual PC 2007 (VPC 2007 is a simulation solution.) Windows Virtual PC generally gets the support from the hardware level technologies (Intel VT or AMD-V). Generally, if a virtualization solution needs direct hardware support, it cannot be used in another virtual environment, for example, we cannot run Hyper-V based virtual machine in another virtual machine, but it is possible to run VPC 2007 on another VPC 2007 virtual machine.

    In your scenario, you're using VMWare solution so we cannot ensure it is the same story as Hyper-V, you may contact VMWare support to get further assistance.

    There is an update for Windows Virtual PC:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx 

    It enables virtual machine to run without the hardware support. Therefore, this update can POSSIBLY allow you run Windows Virtual PC (so as Windows XP mode) on VDI virtual machine based on Hyper-V, VMWware ESX, etc...

    This method is only for your reference and not officially recommended. Thanks for your notice.

    Regards,

    Miya

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    Monday, October 10, 2011 6:06 AM
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  • What is a "Windows 7 VD"?  Or do you mean "VM"?

    XP Mode is a virtual machine with XP Pro SP3 installed.  It is for legacy business apps that don't run natively on Windows 7.  The virtual machine is managed by Windows Virtual PC.  WVPC runs on any edition of Windows 7.  XP Mode run only on Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

    Applications that require 3D graphics will not run.  What are the two business apps?


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 6:22 PM
  • Hi Colin,

    The business app that are specific to the business. They do not work on a WIN7 and they are holding us from moving away from WXP.

    We want to build a non persistent pool of VD with WIN7 and move to VDI. We can either use TS 2003 (and install them both there) then use RDP to get to them, however we were thinking about the possibility of using XP MODE within a VMware VM (vmware view)

     

    Saturday, October 08, 2011 6:53 PM
  • XP Mode is a specific vm provided by Microsoft for use with WVPC.  Any other virtual machine is simply called a vm and you can create whatever vms you need as long as you have a Windows license for each vm just like you need a license for each physical Windows computer.  For VMWare just install XP using a license (product key) not in use on another computer.  How that applies to virtual desktops is beyond my expertise, however.  I should think that you would have better control with Terminal Server, but what do I know.

     


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by post Friday, October 14, 2011 10:20 PM
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 7:09 PM
  • Hi post,

    I agree with Colin.

    The Windows Virtual PC is an enhanced technology compared with Virtual PC 2007 (VPC 2007 is a simulation solution.) Windows Virtual PC generally gets the support from the hardware level technologies (Intel VT or AMD-V). Generally, if a virtualization solution needs direct hardware support, it cannot be used in another virtual environment, for example, we cannot run Hyper-V based virtual machine in another virtual machine, but it is possible to run VPC 2007 on another VPC 2007 virtual machine.

    In your scenario, you're using VMWare solution so we cannot ensure it is the same story as Hyper-V, you may contact VMWare support to get further assistance.

    There is an update for Windows Virtual PC:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx 

    It enables virtual machine to run without the hardware support. Therefore, this update can POSSIBLY allow you run Windows Virtual PC (so as Windows XP mode) on VDI virtual machine based on Hyper-V, VMWware ESX, etc...

    This method is only for your reference and not officially recommended. Thanks for your notice.

    Regards,

    Miya

    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum. If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tnmff@microsoft.com


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    • Marked as answer by post Friday, October 14, 2011 10:20 PM
    Monday, October 10, 2011 6:06 AM
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  • How's it going?

    Please feel free to give us any update.

    Regards,

    Miya

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    Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:44 AM
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